Last summer I experienced my very first GUADEC, the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference!
To be more specific, it was on August 12 – 14 and took place in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at Karlsruhe, Germany. I had my first person-to-person experience of what a FOSS community is, almost all that people that I chatted-with during the Outreachy was there!
The wide range of talks was surprising. I attended to tech-talks, FOSS community talks, security talks, UI talks, documentation talks, the annual GNOME reports and a free art talk. The organisation was remarkable, they planned everything very carefully, fast tackled eventual problems and left some space for even the most exceptional details (ice cream van! :D).
I had a chance to live-discuss ideas for some upcoming features of Polari, with Florian, Rares and Bastian.
We had some evening activities as well, my favorite one was a cozy women's dinner where we openly shared perspectives, interests and experiences not only about the FOSS community.
If you want have a taste of GUADEC for yourself, there are talks are available here. Looking forward to the next year! Thanks GNOME for sponsoring me!